It was a big day for the Indian Air Force at Aero India 2019, as India's very own self-made fighter jet whizzed through the sunny skies demonstrating India's military prowess and strength. Called the Light Combat Aircraft or LCA Tejas, the fighter jet is all set to join our forces guarding the skies as it was given the nod of operational clearance to be included in the Air Force.
Unveiled for the public yesterday at the Aero India 2019 show, CEMILAC presented the weaponised jet's operational clearance certificate to Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Chief of Air Staff, at the ceremony.February 20, 2019
Apart from carrying out attacks and aiding defences on the Indian side, Tejas can deliver weapons too with easy precision. Additionally, "LCA Tejas performed air-to-ground attacks and air-to-air refuelling at IAF's Vayu Shakti air display at Pokhran in Rajasthan on February 16," Marshal Dhanoa told the media.February 21, 2019
The operational clearance also marks a great day for Indian aeronautical engineers, scientists and defense industry because not only does Tejas make our forces more powerful and therefore more confident, but it also proves that India continues to become more self-sufficient with every passing day.
Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat who took a sortie in Tejas, said thus sharing his experience on flying the jet, “flight in LCA Tejas was an experience of a lifetime. From what I could witness, avionics are very good, it's targeting is very good. It's a wonderful aircraft if it gets added to inventory it will increase our air power."
Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat was flown in trainer version of DRDO's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas to demonstrate operational capabilities of the aircraft during #AeroIndia2019 at Bengaluru. pic.twitter.com/sdP0fwv3iE— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) February 21, 2019
The event also touched a few cords when the Indian Air Force's aerobatic team came together in the 'Missing Man' formation to pay homage to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who christened the LCA “Tejas”. The formation also honoured Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi, who lost his life after a mid-air collision during the rehearsals for Aero India air show just a day before the ceremony.February 20, 2019